Fast pa­trol ves­sel ICGS Abhinav com­mis­sioned

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

The In­dian Coast Guard Ship Abhinav, the third in the se­ries of 20 fast pa­trol ves­sels (FPVs), de­signed and built by the Cochin Ship­yard Limited, was com­mis­sioned on Jan­uary 16 at Kochi by the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Coast Guard, Vice Ad­mi­ral Anurag G. Thapliyal.

The 50-me­tre indige­nous FPV dis­places 290 tonnes and can achieve a max­i­mum speed of 33 knots with an en­durance of 1,500 nau­ti­cal miles at eco­nom­i­cal speed of 13 knots, equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion and nav­i­ga­tional equip­ment. She makes an ideal plat­form for un­der­tak­ing mul­ti­far­i­ous close-coast mis­sions such as sur­veil­lance, in­ter­dic­tion, search and res­cue and med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion. The spe­cial fea­tures of the ship in­clude an in­te­grated bridge man­age­ment sys­tem (IBMS), in­te­grated ma­chin­ery con­trol sys­tem (IMCS) and an in­te­grated gun mount with indige­nous fire con­trol sys­tem (FCS).

In his ad­dress dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony, Vice Ad­mi­ral Anurag G. Thapliyal termed the FPVs as the work­horses of Coast Guard. The Flag Of­fi­cer also dwelt upon the fast paced de­vel­op­ment of the In­dian Coast Guard and ac­knowl­edged the sup­port of Govern­ment for the Coast Guard’s plan to in­crease force lev­els sub­stan­tially to face the emerg­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the mar­itime do­main. He em­pha­sised the im­por­tance Govern­ment of In­dia ac­cords to coastal se­cu­rity in view of the asym­met­ric threats from the sea. In­dian Coast Guard will be a 150 ships/boats and 100 air­craft mar­itime force in next five years. In ad­di­tion to these op­er­a­tional as­sets, a Coastal Sur­veil­lance Net­work is be­ing es­tab­lished with 46 sta­tions to en­sure real time coastal sur­veil­lance.

The ship has been named ICGS Abhinav, lit­er­ally mean­ing mod­ern, and will be based at Kochi un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional con­trol of the Com­man­der, Coast Guard Re­gion (West). The ship is com­manded by Com­man­dant (JG) Ra­man Ku­mar and has com­ple­ment of five of­fi­cers and 34 other ranks.

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